Taxation Determination

TD 94/16

Fringe benefits tax: where an employee is provided with a car by the employer and the car is kept in safe storage (e.g. in a commercial garage) while the employee is travelling, under what circumstances is that car taken to be available for private use under section 7 of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 ?

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FOI status:

may be releasedFOI number: I 1217069

This Determination, to the extent that it is capable of being a 'public ruling' in terms of Part IVAAA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , is a public ruling for the purposes of that Part. Taxation Ruling TR 92/1 explains when a Determination is a public ruling and how it is binding on the Commissioner. Unless otherwise stated, this Determination applies to years commencing both before and after its date of issue. However, this Determination does not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of a settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of issue of the Determination (see paragraphs 21 and 22 of Taxation Ruling TR 92/20).

1. Where an employer's car is kept in safe storage at or near the employee's place of residence it will be taken to be available for the employee's private use regardless of any prohibition on the use of the car (subsection 7(2)). Further, the employer's car will also be taken to be available for the employee's private use where it is kept in safe storage away from the employee's place of residence but not at the employer's business premises, and the employee or an associate of the employee remains entitled to apply the car to a private use.

2. Where, however:

a.
the employer's car is kept in safe storage away from the employee's place of residence; and
b.
the employer's car is not at the employer's business premises; and
c.
the custody and control of the car has been removed from the employee and from the associates of the employee; and
d.
the employee is not entitled to use the car for private purposes and an associate of the employee is not entitled to use the car,

the car will not be taken to be available for the employee's private use, unless the condition in paragraph 2d. is not consistently enforced (subsections 7(3) & (4)).

3. The issue of what constitutes a prohibition against private use of a car and what is required for it to be consistently enforced is addressed in Taxation Ruling MT 2021.

Examples 1. An employee who is provided with a car by her employer leaves the car in a commercial storage facility (e.g. an airport parking station) while on an interstate business trip. The employee cannot leave the car on the employer's premises because there are no car parking facilities available. The commercial storage facility is not in the vicinity of the employee's residence. The car will not be taken as being available for the employee's private use if the employer removes the control and custody of the car from the employee (e.g. takes the car keys) and enforces a prohibition on the private use of the car by the employee or any associate of the employee.2. An employee who is provided with a car by his employer leaves the car in safe storage at or near his residence while on an overseas business trip. Regardless of the conditions set out in paragraph 2d, the car is considered to be available for private use.

Commissioner of Taxation
24/2/94

Previously issued as Draft TD 93/D280

References

ATO references:
NO 27.92/9928-9, FBT Cell 30/59

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

MT 2021

Subject References:
car benefit

Legislative References:
FBTAA 7(2)
(3)
(4)

TD 94/16 history
  Date: Version: Change:
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  16 March 2016 Consolidated ruling Addendum